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Acton, MA, 01720

Upcoming Events

These are some of the performances that are coming up soon. Visit our “Schedule” page for a full list of this season’s offerings. And to keep up to date, sign up for our eblast; “like” our Facebook page, “follow” us on Instagram @fugitiveproductions.

ARLINGTON — Fugitive Stories at Kickstand Cafe
Oct
24
7:30 PM19:30

ARLINGTON — Fugitive Stories at Kickstand Cafe

Fugitive Stories continues its special brand of non-competitive storytelling at Kickstand Cafe in Arlington. We bring Moth and Massmouth winners, along with others from the local community, to share their stories. Do you want to tell your story on our theme? Fill out our form online. We'll get back to you to let you know if you're in. We also invite audience members who are interested in telling a five- to six-minute story on our theme to drop their name in a hat. If chosen, they’ll tell their tale.

October Theme: “Simply Irresistible”

Featured Tellers

Don Picard
Don is a Moth storyteller who shares his own moving life moments with humor and humility. He has worked in software development for nearly 30 years and is currently employed for JobCase, “a place to manage all things work-related, especially the wisdom, experience and connections” of other job hunters. Don was a double major in Theatre Arts and Computer Science at Cornell, and chose to work as an engineer in order to be able to live in Cambridge and feed his family. Don enjoys telling live stories about his kids, husband, and extended family as it is fun, therapeutic, and allows him to exercise the other half of his college degree so he doesn’t become bitter.

Harold Cox
Harold, the 2019 Massmouth “Big Mouth Off” champion, has been a featured teller on WGBH’s “Stories from the Stage” and is a producer of “Stories to Scenes,” a monthly storytelling show in Roslindale. He is a professor at Boston University School of Public Health. He notes, “There is something special that happens when you tell a story. You can feel we’re all connected. It’s powerful.” When not at work or telling stories, Harold can be found canoeing, dogsledding, and knitting.

Peter Carcia
A former Divisional VP at Polaroid Corp., Peter now teaches storytelling at UMass Boston. Peter is a founder of Reading Neighbors Network, an organization that works to keep elders (50 and over) in their homes and works to increase their activities outside of their home. Peter sits on the board of directors of MassMouth.

$10/online • $12/door • Purchase you tickets here.
Doors open at 7pm. Storytelling starts at 7:30pm.
Online ticketing ends at 4pm on the day of the show.

The cafe will be serving before the event and during the break.
Learn more about Kickstand Cafe.

Introductory Fugitive Stories Video

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MAYNARD — Jeff Purchon & Friends
Oct
26
8:00 PM20:00

MAYNARD — Jeff Purchon & Friends

Be among the first to dance the night away at “Sanctuary” in Maynard.

Full bar/lounge. Dinner delivered by several local restaurant partners.
See below for more information about this exciting new venue.

ABOUT THE BAND

British guitarist Jeff Purchon and his all-star band bring their special brand of soul, blues and funk — with a side order of rock — to life, rousing a crowd to their feet and leaving them wanting more.

Jeff has performed with some of music’s greats. At the age of 17 he was signed to EMI records and was playing in a warm up band for renowned acts like Black Sabbath, Free, Genesis, Robert Palmer and others. He toured with Noel Redding (ex Jimi Hendrix), Clive Bunker (Jethro Tull) and during his career has played with Robert Palmer, Ginger Baker, Buddy Miles, Steve Holley (Wings), and Mick Ronson (Bowie).

His band features nine-pieces with two female singers; Stax recording artist Suzanne Buell, and Fenway favorite Vicki Zelski. Boston’s own Michael Payette, who possesses a range and voice that can cover any song from Michael McDonald to Stevie Wonder, is the lead male vocalist. The world-class rhythm section includes New York's Ron Pastore on bass, keyboardist Steve Aubert, Phliip Antionades on drums and Percussionist Hal Denham. The line up is rounded out with the inimitable saxophonist Brad Kohl.

JP & Friends will rock your butts off with a variety of music that hits everyone’s sweet spot, with classics old and new. Since their last performance with Fugitive, they’ve played a multitude of private gig and have won a Gold Award as one of the best performing bands on their agency’s roster. They’ll be highlighting a bunch of new material. Come on down and boogie out.

Doors open at 7:30pm • Music starts at 8pm
$15/online • $18/door •
Order your tickets here.
Discounted online sales end at 4pm on the day of the show.

ABOUT SANCTUARY, MAYNARD

We’re pretty darned excited to have found a great performance space with which to partner starting this fall. Sanctuary, a new event venue located in downtown Maynard, is bringing new life to an historic landmark. The space is located in a totally renovated 165-year-old church, complete with high ceilings, stained glass windows, and enormous wooden dance floor, providing a distinctive, elegant setting for performances and community events of all types. With a full lounge and stage with theatrical and nightclub lighting, Sanctuary provides an experience unique to the area. A full-service restaurant will be opening early next year. Until then, Sanctuary has made arrangements with several local restaurant partners to service Fugitive events by delivering meals directly to the venue.

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ACTON — Dance Documentary & Puppet Show
Oct
27
5:30 PM17:30

ACTON — Dance Documentary & Puppet Show

Two Free Events, One Evening
5:30pm: Margaret Moody Puppets
6:30pm: ”Make Me Dance” Documentary

Presented in collaboration with the Arlington International Film Festival.
Come for one or stay for both.

Make Me Dance (65 min)

Tatyana Bronstein, Director | USA | 2016 | Doc

“Make Me Dance” is a documentary that takes an in-depth look at one of the most prestigious dance schools in the United States, The Boston Conservatory. World-renowned choreographer, Darrell Grand Moultrie, has chosen to hold the residency at the Boston Conservatory to craft his new work, “Winds of Now” for young students. The film documents Moultrie’s choreography and preparation for his piece from conception through rehearsals, culminating in the opening night at BoCo Theater.

Margaret Moody Puppets

Margaret Moody loves the way two hands and a few puppets can present a whole story. She studied with master puppeteer Li Tien-lu of Taiwan for three years, and continues to use the intricate puppets and choregraphy of Bu Dai Xi (‘cloth bag drama’) in performance. Margaret performs mainly for children and enjoys creating shows with fairies and other magical creatures. In addition to her solo work, Margaret performs with Dream Tale Puppets and Galapagos Puppets. margaretmoodypuppets.com

Click here to let us know if you are planning to attend.
Doors open at 5pm for the puppet show and 6:15pm for the dance documentary. We’d like to get an approximate head count. Please email us to let us know if you intend to attend. Let us know the number of attendees and whether you are coming to 5:30pm Puppet Show, 6:30pm Dance Video, Both. Or, if you can’t let us know in advance, just come on down for either or both.

Acton Coffee House is open until 5pm. Arrive early and grab a beverage and snack on the way up.
Or walk down the street and purchase a wonderful homemade ice cream at West Side Creamery and bring it on up.

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The Arlington International Film Festival ranks high in the U.S. as an annual gathering for film industry insiders, cinema enthusiasts, filmmakers and critics. Founded in 2010, the AAIF presents a four-day event in historic Arlington, Massachusetts that celebrates the art of indie filmmaking. www.AIFFest.org 

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SUDBURY — Fugitive Comedy Night
Nov
1
9:00 PM21:00

SUDBURY — Fugitive Comedy Night

Headliner: Al Parks
Host: Mike Dorval
Featuring: Jiayong Li

Fugitive Comedy Night brings us some of the best comics the area has to offer.

Sudbury Dinner Reservations at 8pm
Order tickets for Fugitive Comedy Night in Sudbury — with or without dinner reservations. Comedy Night dinner reservations are available only with advanced online ticketing. If you prefer to arrive at 8:15 or 8:30, please call Twenty-Nine's host (978.443.1400). Check in with the host a little early and grab a cocktail while you wait for your table! To maximize the use of the room, there will be some sharing of tables. Our best tables are reserved for larger groups . . . so bring along your friends. Let us know if you plan to share a table with other advance ticket holders.
General Seating at 8:30pm • 
You can purchase tickets without a dinner reservation online or at the door. Of course, you’ll still be able to order from the full menu.
Comedy starts at 9pm • $16/door
Online ticket sales ended at 5pm today. Plenty of tickets at the door.
Full dinner. Full Bar. Table service.

Headliner Al Park
Al has quickly emerged as a rising talent on the national comedy scene. He won both the Boston Comedy Festival and Cleveland Comedy Festival competitions, and was a finalist in the prestigious Seattle International Comedy Competition. Named Boston’s Best Comedian by Improper Bostonian magazine, Park mixes sharp observation and cultural satire with plenty of self-deprecation for a unique, authentic comic voice. His standup can be heard on Audible.com and seen on NBC’s Seeso.com website, and he made his television debut on FOX TV’s “Laughs” in 2017.

Featuring Jiayong Li 
Jiayong bid farewell to his family in Beijing and embarked on a journey of mathematical study at MIT. Along the way, he came upon stand-up comedy and started delivering his cerebral material in a calm and comfortable voice. Watching him perform is a side-splitting yet soothing experience. He was one of the New Faces at Montreal Just for Laughs in 2017.

Host Mike Dorval
After a mere three months of performing, Mike won the NH Comedy Festival, defeating some of New England’s most established comics and he quickly climbed the comedic ranks to become one of the youngest headliners in Boston history. He’s been praised by the Boston Globe as “One of Boston’s Best.” Mike has been featured on Comedy Central’s Laugh Riots, starred in numerous TV commercials, and toured overseas for the USO. He has served as Comic In Residence at The Comedy Studio and is a favorite of the Boston Comedy Festival. He’s written and performed several one man shows which have had runs at the Charles Playhouse and Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater.

ABOUT TWENTY-NINE

Twenty-Nine offers simple, authentic rustic Mediterranean fare. They seek to redefine the suburban restaurant experience into one that is relaxed, cozy, and intimate — a place folks go to enjoy a great meal, great drink, and great company. They're fussy about simplicity — rustic fare that is reminiscent of the Western Mediterranean’s comfort food classics — bringing healthful, fresh, and vibrant flavors to your table. They draw inspiration from the coastal regions of Italy, France, Spain, and Greece, with just a touch of Morocco. Fugitive’s events take place in the ample second floor dining room which sports a big, beautiful bar, several comfy banquettes, as well as small tables and high-tops.

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MAYNARD — The Response
Nov
2
8:00 PM20:00

MAYNARD — The Response

Original Modern Retro Rock

Be among the first to enjoy a night out at “Sanctuary” in Maynard.
Great entertainment. Full bar/lounge.

See below for more information about this exciting new venue.

Influenced by progressive rock, rock/blues, improv, and world music, this seven-piece upbeat ensemble packs one of the biggest sounds around. Original music at its finest, The Response began as a creative group of life-long musicians who were friends and neighbors in and around Carlisle. The band’s unusual instrumentation (including some experimental instruments built by band members) and diverse musicality couple with highly energetic performances,  danceable rhythms, multiple horns, harmony vocals, and original compositions — all served up with a nod to the smarter art rock of the 70s and 80s.

The core of the band¹s music germinates through Jic Davis and the hypnotic sound of his “batar” (an electric guitar/bass hybrid instrument). Using a combination of tapping and strumming techniques, this instrument weaves a web of root-rumbling lows and sparkling highs. Vocalist Emilie Faucher fronts the band with authenticity, powerful poetic lyrics, and a magnetic open-hearted energy. Mac Ritchey brings an unusual instrument to the mix, the electric oud. This modern imagining of the ancient Arabic lute is routed through guitar pedals, effects, and a looping device, creating synthesizer-like textures and sonic atmospheres. Percussionist Jon Golden anchors the quintet with a rock steady groove and stylistic versatility, while guitarist George Middleton¹s melodic playing and colorful support are a perfect match for this song-driven ensemble.

Doors open at 7:30pm • Music starts at 8pm
$15/online • $18/door •
Order your tickets here.
Discounted online sales end at 4pm on the day of the show.

ABOUT SANCTUARY, MAYNARD

We’re pretty darned excited to have found a great performance space with which to partner starting this fall. Sanctuary, a new event venue located in downtown Maynard, is bringing new life to an historic landmark. The space is located in a totally renovated 165-year-old church, complete with high ceilings, stained glass windows, and enormous wooden dance floor, providing a distinctive, elegant setting for performances and community events of all types. With a full lounge and stage with theatrical and nightclub lighting, Sanctuary provides an experience unique to the area. A full-service restaurant will be opening early next year. For now, Sanctuary provides a few take-out menus for local restaurants. You can order food online or by phone and it’ll be delivered to your table.

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CONCORD — Concord Art Storytelling
Nov
6
7:30 PM19:30

CONCORD — Concord Art Storytelling

Fugitive Stories is pleased to be returning to Concord Art this November.

Concord Center for the Visual Arts was founded nearly a century ago by Elizabeth Wentworth Roberts, a well-known American Impressionist painter and philanthropist whose original mission stands today.

For those of you unfamiliar with Concord Art, they offer classes and workshops; international and regional art tours, art-making trips, and collection tours; art demonstrations, films, and curator and artist talks; intimate sculpture garden behind the 18th century John Ball House, featuring installations, a waterfall, and lush plantings and stonework.

Fugitive Stories brings the craft of true stories told live to suburban audiences (Acton, Arlington, and Concord). Fugitive brings featured storytellers to tell a true tale alongside people just like you who may never have told a story on a stage but are inspired by one of our themes. Fugitive’s featured tellers captivate our audiences — they are some of the best in the country. Most are Moth StorySLAM winners and many are GrandSLAM champions. We also invite audience members who are interested in telling a five- to six-minute story on our theme to drop their name in our hat — we pull a name or two after intermission. Each night is unique and they never fail to entertain.

Our theme for the evening is “Observation & Imagination.” Our stellar featured tellers are:

Aaron Wolfe
Aaron is a filmmaker, a Moth GrandSLAM winning storyteller, and occasional host of the Moth StorySLAMS in Boston. His films have been featured at Sundance Film Festival, the New York Times, and his film “Record/Play” was shortlisted for an Oscar. Aaron is the host and producer of the podcast “First Time, Long Time” where he tells stories about sports for people who may not like sports.

Harold Cox
Harold, the 2019 Massmouth “Big Mouth Off” champion, has been a featured teller on WGBH’s “Stories from the Stage” and is a producer of “Stories to Scenes,” a monthly storytelling show in Roslindale. He is a professor at Boston University School of Public Health. He notes, “There is something special that happens when you tell a story. You can feel we’re all connected. It’s powerful.” When not at work or telling stories, Harold can be found canoeing, dogsledding, and knitting.

Norah Dooley
Norah is a storyteller, critically acclaimed children’s author, and educator who performs in schools, libraries, festivals and conferences, and specializes in teaching people of all ages how important their stories are. For the past 18 summers, she has told stories to thousands of children through ReadBoston.org. She is the founder of StoriesLive.org, and a co-founder of massmouth.org and the “Boston Story Slam” series. She teaches storytelling at Lesley, Tufts, and Suffolk Universities. Internationally, she has lectured teachers of English and graduate students in Japan on the role of storytelling in language acquisition, and in Arsuha Secondary schools in Tanzania as part of the African Storytelling initiative of http://www.worlded.org.

Rachel Gans-Boriskin
Rachel is a Senior Lecturer in Communications at the Gwen Ifill College of Media, Arts, and Humanities at Simmons University where she teaches storytelling, journalism, health communication, and media studies. A political junkie, she blogs at politicsinpink.com waxing eloquent, and at times angry, about feminism, politics, and popular culture. She lives in central Massachusetts with her husband, two kids, two cats, six chickens, one lizard, and numerous dust bunnies.

Doors open at 7pm • Storytelling starts at 7:30pm
Click here to order tickets online.

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SUDBURY — Fugitive Cabaret
Nov
9
9:00 PM21:00

SUDBURY — Fugitive Cabaret

Each Cabaret night, our house band features guest vocalists and instrumentalists. Tonight, keyboardist Molly Flannery will be hosting vocalist Gwenn Vivian, harmonic player Hatrack Gallagher, and bassist Bill McCormack

Dinner Reservations at 8pm
Order tickets for Fugitive Cabert in Sudbury — with or without dinner reservations. Cabaret dinner reservations are available only with advanced online ticketing. If you prefer to arrive at 8:15 or 8:30, please call Twenty-Nine's host (978.443.1400). Check in with the host a little early and grab a cocktail while you wait for your table! To maximize the use of the room, there will be some sharing of tables. Our best tables are reserved for larger groups . . . so bring along your friends. Let us know if you plan to share a table with other advance ticket holders.

General Seating at 8:30pm
You can purchase tickets without a dinner reservation online or at the door. Of course, you’ll still be able to order from the full menu.

Music starts at 9pm • Doors open at 8:30
$12/online • $15/door
Purchase tickets here.
Online ticket sales ended at 5pm on the day of the show.
Full dinner. Full Bar. Table service.

TONIGHT’S BAND

Composer, arranger, and keyboardist Molly Flannery is known for her distinctive touch on the piano, her melodic improvisations, and her ability to groove in jazz, latin, and Brazilian idioms. After studying composition, improvisation and theory at Yale, Molly began her performing career in Japan where she appeared frequently at local clubs. When she eventually settled in Boston, she studied jazz with Ran Blake, Charlie Banacos, Kenny Werner, Harvey Diamond, and Doug Johnson. Her CD releases include ”Slow Dance at the Asylum” and “Riding the Bull.” She continues to refine and strengthen her talents, playing in Boston and suburban venues such as the Bull Run Restaurant, Concord’s Colonial Inn, Orange Door Kitchen, Chelmsford Center for the Arts, Luna Theater . . . and now, Twenty-Nine.

Vocalist Gwenn Vivian is the former owner and manager of the Acton Jazz Café (1996–2015). She developed her sincere, chocolaty, vocal style at the Café over the years — performing alongside pianist Molly Flannery, bassist Bill McCormack, and drummer Miki Matsuki — at their weekly dinner shows. Gwenn got her musical training at Longy School and Berklee College of Music — and from listening to countless local and national talents at her café.

 Bassist Bill McCormack grew up in rural Ireland and started playing trumpet and piano at an early age before taking up bass in his teens. While living in Dublin during the 80s, he played with many of Irelands’ top musicians including singer Honor Heffernan, traditional Irish band Stockton’s Wing, and world renowned jazz guitarist Louis Stewart. He now continues to hold down the groove on a diverse Boston music scene playing both upright and electric bass. 

 Harmonica player Pat "Hatrack" Gallagher has been a longtime veteran of the blues and jazz scenes. Singing and playing a broiling harmonica, Gallagher displays his considerable chops. As Steve Morse of the Boston Globe said, “With a name like Hatrack Gallagher, you’d better be good. And that’s precisely the case with this local singer and harmonica whiz whose deft playing boasts an uncanny swing.”

ABOUT TWENTY-NINE

Twenty-Nine offers simple, authentic rustic Mediterranean fare. They seek to redefine the suburban restaurant experience into one that is relaxed, cozy, and intimate — a place folks go to enjoy a great meal, great drink, and great company. They're fussy about simplicity — rustic fare that is reminiscent of the Western Mediterranean’s comfort food classics — bringing healthful, fresh, and vibrant flavors to your table. They draw inspiration from the coastal regions of Italy, France, Spain, and Greece, with just a touch of Morocco. Fugitive’s events take place in the ample second floor dining room which sports a big, beautiful bar, several comfy banquettes, as well as small tables and high-tops.

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MAYNARD — Johnny Hoy & The Bluefish
Nov
16
8:00 PM20:00

MAYNARD — Johnny Hoy & The Bluefish

Blues, rock’n’roll, and a whole lot of dancing goin’ on!

Be among the first to enjoy a night out at “Sanctuary” in Maynard.
Great entertainment. Full bar/lounge. Dinner.

See below for more information about this exciting new venue.

ABOUT THE BAND

Welcome Johnny and his band to their first visit to Maynard. The Sanctuary is a perfect room for their sometimes soulful, sometimes raunchy take on a great smorgasbord classics — Chicago Blues, Rockabilly, Rock’n’Roll, Country, Swing, good old R&B, and a bit of Cajun flavored off beat stuff. Folks do like to hit the dance floor, from the first song to the last. Formed in 1991 and based in on Martha’s Vineyard, the band has released five CDs and performed around the world — as far as South Africa and Norway.

JOHNNY juggles a full life where he takes advantage of his many skills including stone masonry, fishing, antique dealing, farming. Somehow he manages to do all the gigs as well. He came to the Island in 1978, after soaking up Muddy Waters’ and Tom Waits’ shows as a teenager.

JEREMY BERLIN, the piano player has been with the band since the summer of ’93. He’s played duets with Bill Clinton and Carly Simon and toured the world with The Nina Simone Band. He’s not afraid of anything — and he plays it all. Jeremy’s right has plays the keyboard. His left hand plays the bass line, as the band has no bass player. (PS You’d never know.)

DELANIE PICKERING arrived on Martha’s Vineyard in her van at the age of 20, and for the first few months, didn’t tell anyone she played guitar. Now 22, she plays with everyone and joined the band in 2018. A powerhouse blues player, she has the tone and authenticity of a seasoned performer and sings that way too.

KEVIN MEDEIROS, originally from New Bedford, came to hear the band for many years as a young drummer learning his craft. When his turn came, he was ready, and his musical sensibility and attitude are a great addition. He and Delanie sling coffee by day and hit the stage hard together at night.

Doors open at 7:30pm • Music starts at 8pm
$15/online • $18/door •
Purchase tickets here.
Discounted online sales end at 4pm on the day of the show.

ABOUT SANCTUARY, MAYNARD

We’re pretty darned excited to have found a great performance space with which to partner starting this fall. Sanctuary, a new event venue located in downtown Maynard, is bringing new life to an historic landmark. The space is located in a totally renovated 165-year-old church, complete with high ceilings, stained glass windows, and enormous wooden dance floor, providing a distinctive, elegant setting for performances and community events of all types. With a full lounge and stage with theatrical and nightclub lighting, Sanctuary provides an experience unique to the area. A full-service restaurant will be opening early next year. Until then, Sanctuary has made arrangements with several local restaurant partners to service Fugitive events by delivering meals directly to the venue.

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ACTON — Fugitive Stories
Nov
17
6:00 PM18:00

ACTON — Fugitive Stories

Fugitive Stories continues its special brand of non-competitive storytelling at West Acton Villageworks. We bring Moth and Massmouth winners, along with others from the local community, to share their stories. Do you want to tell your story on our theme? Fill out our form online. We'll get back to you to let you know if you're in. We also invite audience members who are interested in telling a five- to six-minute story on our theme to drop their name in a hat. If chosen, they’ll tell their tale.

November’s Theme: “Ready or Not”

Featured Tellers

Janelle Codianni
Jannelle is passionate about empowerment, connection, and compassion. She aims to use this trinity to set herself free, and would love to take you with her, but only if you want to come. When she isn’t writing and performing, she’s working at a nonprofit arts venue, remodeling her vintage camper, powerlifting, or mothering her two bright daughters. Last spring, she wrote and performed in her one woman show, Structural Integrity: Stories from the Search for Body Autonomy.

Don Picard
Don is a Moth storyteller who shares his own moving life moments with humor and humility. He has worked in software development for nearly 30 years and is currently employed for JobCase, “a place to manage all things work-related, especially the wisdom, experience and connections” of other job hunters. Don was a double major in Theatre Arts and Computer Science at Cornell, and chose to work as an engineer in order to be able to live in Cambridge and feed his family. Don enjoys telling live stories about his kids, husband, and extended family as it is fun, therapeutic, and allows him to exercise the other half of his college degree so he doesn’t become bitter.

Rachel Gans-Boriskin
Rachel is a Senior Lecturer in Communications at the Gwen Ifill College of Media, Arts, and Humanities at Simmons University where she teaches storytelling, journalism, health communication, and media studies. A political junkie, she blogs at politicsinpink.com waxing eloquent, and at times angry, about feminism, politics, and popular culture. She lives in central Massachusetts with her husband, two kids, two cats, six chickens, one lizard, and numerous dust bunnies.

$10/online • $12/door • Purchase tickets here.
Online ticketing ends at 3pm on the day of the show.
Doors open at 5:30pm. Storytelling starts at 6pm.

Acton Coffee House stays open for us until 6pm. Grab a beverage and snack on the way up.
Or walk down the street and purchase a wonderful homemade ice cream at West Side Creamery.

Introductory Fugitive Stories Video

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Lori Zuroff and The Diana Mascari Quartet
Nov
20
7:30 PM19:30

Lori Zuroff and The Diana Mascari Quartet

Lori Zuroff (vocals) is a blues, rock, and jazz singer known for her sultry, smoky, and swinging take on classics from the American songbook. She has been singing with various rock, blues, R&B, and jazz bands for more than 20 years. She has performed with both small jazz combos and large rock bands and has been featured at Chick Singer Night at Johnny D's in Somerville, Thelonius Monkfish in Cambridge, among many other regional venues. Lori studied jazz vocals for several years with Boston's own Rebecca Parris and Dominique Eade and in New York with Sheila Jordan and Jay Clayton. She co-lead a very successful weekly blues jam in two locations in West Acton for several years.  

Lori is joined by The Diana Mascari quartet. 

Diana Mascari (keyboards) is a jazz pianist, jazz organist, and keyboard player. She has performed with Rebecca Parris, and, early in her career, with Lionel Hampton and jazz organist Jimmy Smith. Diana has been teaching piano for 40 years at the Mascari Piano Studios and is the Music Director at the Hartford Street Presbyterian Church in Natick.

Diane Heffner (sax, clarinet, and chalumeau) is a Boston-based freelance clarinetist and teacher on both modern and historical instruments. She plays period clarinets with Handel & Haydn Society, Arcadia Players, Boston Baroque, and Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra. As a modern clarinetist, Diane performs regularly in ensembles and as soloist with Dinosaur Annex Music Ensemble, Alea III, Solar Winds, and Boston’s only all women big band “The Mood Swings Orchestra.” She is on the applied faculty at Tufts University and the All-Newton Music School.

Tal Shalom-Kobi (upright bass and accordion) is a jazz and world music bass player and music educator. She has a bachelors degree from Berklee College of Music and masters in Jazz Performance from New England Conservatory. Tal performs with many local groups in the Boston area including The Jazz Marauders, Trio Tutta, and The Women in World Jazz, an all women world music quintet

Michelle Hirsch (percussion) has performed for decades driving both big bands and small jazz groups. She has performed with Ed Shaughnessy, Carla Bley, and Steve Swallow, among many others. Michelle is the lead drummer for The Mood Swings Orchestra, Boston’s premier all-female big band.

Doors open at 6:30pm • Music starts at 7:30pm
$12/online • $15/door •
Purchase tickets here.
Tickets available online until 4pm on the day of the show.

ABOUT ORANGE DOOR

Great performers. Great audiences. Great amenities. We present “listening” music — by one to several performers playing jazz, folk, bluegrass, blues, world music — and more. Orange Door owners Meredith and Chris Powell have created a lovely, inviting, and intimate setting in the space — it feels like a comfy living room/kitchen. They serve a few small plates each evening and provide a full bar including some excellent wine offerings. Orange Door is a no-cash, no-tipping venue. Please bring a credit/debit card. Gratuities are included in the menu price.

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ACTON — Fugitive Comedy Night
Nov
22
8:00 PM20:00

ACTON — Fugitive Comedy Night

Doors open at 7:30pm
$13/online • $16/door •
Purchase tickets here.
Online ticket sales end at 4pm on the day of the show.
Bar provided by True West.
Parking map

Headliner Yedoye Travis
Yedoye is an NYC-based stand-up comic, originally from Atlanta, GA. He has performed on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Hulu’s Coming to the Stage, and the upcoming season of TBS’ Search Party. He has appeared at the Bridgetown Comedy Festival, Hell Yes Fest, Brooklyn Comedy Festival and was named a New Face at the 2017 Just For Laughs festival in Montreal.

Guest Host Bethany Van Delft
Bethany’s “hip & grounded, laid back delivery” has earned her the honor of performing at the prestigious Just for Laughs Festival in Montreal, and notable appearances on Comedy Central, TV Guide Channel, and NickMom. Her monthly show, “Artisanal Comedy,” has been named “one of the top indie nights to check out.” Unashamedly in touch with her inner nerd, Bethany enjoys being a panelist on “You’re the Expert” and “Literary Death Match,” and is thrilled to be Mainstage storyteller and host for The Moth.

Opener Brian Longwell
Longwell has worked for years as a professional comedian at venues in the US and has toured the UK. He combines his corporate background with his comedy experience and now gives “presentations” using an old style overhead projector with stick figure drawings tackling humorous topics like “Why Work?,” “How to be Successful,” and has done topical presentations such as “Why Vote?” His unique talent was recognized at the New York Comedy Festival by his inclusion in the Andy Kaufman competition in which he was a finalist.

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R.D. King feat. Lindsay Straw & Jordan Santiago
Dec
11
7:30 PM19:30

R.D. King feat. Lindsay Straw & Jordan Santiago

R.D. King is a Boston-based composer and acoustic guitarist extraordinaire. The winner of the 2017 Canadian Guitar Festival's International Fingerstyle Guitar Competition, King has opened for Andy McKee, Liz Longley, Ari Hest, and many others. His song "Lightness of Being" recently won the Instrumental category at the 2018 Walnut Valley Festival New Song Showcase. Listening to King’s music is an emotional and introspective journey that is difficult to parse into genre or tradition. King’s audiences describe his music as passionate, powerful, and deeply memorable. A graduate of Ithaca College School of Music, King performs at venues in New England and beyond, including TedX Cambridge, Boston Greenfest, the Spire Center, Walnut Valley Festival, Club Passim, and others. His debut album, vs. Self, was described as “energetic and epic” and “transformative journeys of sound” by New York Music Daily and The Deli magazine, respectively. His second album, R.D. King, was recorded with Antoine Dufour and was released in January 2019 under Candyrat Records.

Acoustic guitar & mandolin duo Lindsay Straw & Jordan Santiago create a sound defined by sparse, driving arrangements, adventurous improvisation, and love of tradition. Lindsay comes from a traditional music background, having spent years performing at Celtic festivals and playing in Irish sessions. She brings British ballads and Irish jigs and reels to the table. Jordan taps into his experience as a bluegrass and jazz musician, bringing American fiddle tunes, original material, and unrestrained vocal harmonies into the mix. Together, they seek to combine and express themselves through the best elements of their Celtic, bluegrass, and jazz languages.

Doors open at 6:30pm • Music starts at 7:30pm
$12/online • $15/door •
Purchase tickets here.
Tickets available online until 4pm on the day of the show.

ABOUT ORANGE DOOR

Great performers. Great audiences. Great amenities. We present “listening” music — by one to several performers playing jazz, folk, bluegrass, blues, world music — and more. Orange Door owners Meredith and Chris Powell have created a lovely, inviting, and intimate setting in the space — it feels like a comfy living room/kitchen. They serve a few small plates each evening and provide a full bar including some excellent wine offerings. Orange Door is a no-cash, no-tipping venue. Please bring a credit/debit card. Gratuities are included in the menu price.

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